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The Journey through Electricity (Discoveries)

  • Jan 1, 600


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  • Period: Jan 1, 600 to Jan 1, 1570

    Thales to William Gilbert

    A Greek named Thales first experienced static electricity when he rubbed a piece of amber with a silk cloth. The amber whould then attract bits of grass, feathers and other light objects. The amber actually became elctrically charged, which Thales didn't know. Later, in 1570, an english docter, named Gilbert, did more experiments similar to Thales and called this electrical charge electricity.
    *600 BC
  • Jan 1, 1570

    Gilbert, William

    Gilbert, William
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  • Franklin, Benjaman

    Franklin, Benjaman
    Benjaman Franklin was an american printer, author, philosopher, diplomat, scientist, and inventor born in 1706. He was also born in a poor familly. He had many sucsessful experiment, one including the famous kite experiment. He had a theory that lightning was electricity and proved it, drawing lightning to the ground. With this theory proved, he created the lightning rod that protected buildings and ships from lightning damage.
  • Galvani, Luigi

    Galvani, Luigi
    Luigi Galvani was an Italin scientist and a medical doctor born in 1737. In 1786, while examining a dead frog, he noticed that a spark could make the frog's leg move. He predicted that the spark traveled from one metal, then through the frogs metal, and then into the other metal. His prediction was correct through a furter experiment. This proved that the muscle moved becauseof electricity.
  • Volta, Alessandro

    Volta, Alessandro
    Alessandro Volta, born in 1745, was an Itallian physicist. When Volta learned about Galvani's "animal electricity", Volta began experiments and he figured out that animal tissue is not needed to conduct electricity. This is when he built the first electric pile, or battery. This was a series of metal disks of two kinds, separated by cardboard disks soaked with acid or salt solutions. It became our modern day wet-cell battery.
  • Oersted, Hans Christian

    Oersted, Hans Christian
    Hans Chistian Oersted was 1777 and was a Danish physicist and chemist. He noticed, through a lecture, that a compass needle deflected from magnetic north when an electric current from a battery was switched on and off. He first thought that this was because magnetic effects radiate from all sides of a wire carrying an electric current. Later on, after 3 months of research he discovered that an electric current produces a circular magnetic field as it flows through a wire.
  • Faraday, Michael

    Faraday, Michael
    Michael Faraday was born in 1791 and was an English chemist and physicist. In 1820, Hans Christian Oersted and Andre Marie Ampere discovered that an electric current produces a magnetic field, this lead Faraday to believe that a magnetic field should be able to produce an electric current. Faraday did an experiment and learned that the electric current induced in the wire in terms of the number of lines of force that are cut by the wire. The principle of induction or electromagnetism.
  • Woodward, Henry

    Woodward, Henry
    Henry Woodward had a partner, Mathew Evans, that helped him through inventing the first lightbulb. This Canadian actually sold his patent to Thomas Edison, who then developed his own design of incandescent lamp with a high resistance thin filament of carbon in a high vacuum contained in a tightly sealed glass bulb. Henry Woodward's and Mathew Evans's light bulb comprised a glass tube with a large piece of carbon connected to two wires. This light bulb worked well.
  • Bell, Alexander Graham

    Bell, Alexander Graham
    In the summer of 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone. He was an eminent scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator. Both of his parents were also deaf, which infuenced Bell with his research. Fellow canadain used things such as a thin sheet of metal, a coil wrapped around a magnet and a battery to convert sound into electricity.
  • Telsa, Nikola

    Telsa, Nikola
    Nikola Telsa was an inventor, mechanical engineer and electrical engineer. He was born in 1856 in Serbia, then became an Amarican citizin. He has done a total of 37 electromechanical devices and principles. One reconizable device was the Telsa Coil. This coil was invented in 1891, it is used to produce high voltage, relatively high current, and high frequency alternating current electricity. Today their main use is entertainment and educational displays.
  • Rogers, Edward Samuels

    Rogers, Edward Samuels
    Edward Sameuls Rogers, a Canadian from Ontario, made the first radio that sould be plugged into a wall outlet. He was always interested in radios through his childhood. He also founded the famous ROGERS company with his father. Before this, all home radios ran on a rechargable acid-battery.
  • Farnsworth, Philo

    Farnsworth, Philo
    Philo Farnsworth, at age 14, created the first reliable and working television, but he did not invent it on his own. John Logie Baird and Vladimir Zworykin also should take some credit, helping him with the first television system. This American was not the first to think of this idea. John Logie Baird actually attempted first, but his television was not reliable. By 1940, these televisions are mass produced
  • Hings, Donald Lewes

    Hings, Donald Lewes
    Donald Lewes Hings was born in 1907 and was an inventor & telecommunications pioneer. He invented the two-way field radio, or as we call it now a days, the walkie-talkie. At first these walkie-talkies were ignored, but when the war broke out in 1939, they became valuable military technology. This Canadian has even made various models of the walkie-talkie for the army.
  • Zuse, Konrad

    Zuse, Konrad
    Konrad Zuse was a German engineer and computer pioneer, born in 1910. He created the first working computer, Zuse's S2 computing machine. The S2 computers were special purpose devices which computed aerodynamic corrections to the wings of radio-controlled flying bombs. He also made a S1 computing machine that was not process-controlled, S2 was.
  • Zuse, Konrad

    Zuse, Konrad
    Zuse's greatest achievement was the world's first functional program-controlled Turing-complete computer, the Z3, which became operational in May 1941. This first fully operational electro-mechanical computer was partially financed by German government.
  • Couture, Pierre

    Couture, Pierre
    Pierre Couture is a physicist and engineer from Quebec. This Canadian has been very busy developing a car that has 4 electric motors on each wheel. He first began his research when he was in New York, stuck in traffic, where he saw all the polution there was. Sadly, Hydro-Quebec stopped Couture and his team.